Otter to get greasy with Christie, Murdoch, Zuckerberg & other luminiaries in Sun Valley

Idaho Gov. Butch Otter will be attending one of the most flashy business gatherings of the year, the annual Allen & Company conference in Sun Valley. Otter noted the event as the only item on next week’s media advisory, saying he and First Lady Lori Otter will attend Herb Allen’s western barbeque at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Started by investment mogul Allen in 1983, the five-day conference is renowned for sparking major business deals and draws paparazzi from around the world. The airport in Hailey will be crowded with private jets, making for quite a photo as they squeeze on the modest tarmac between steep mountains. Access to the celebrities is limited, but they often can be spotted strolling through Ketchum or the shopping area at the Sun Valley Resort.

This year’s guest list was obtained by Variety and includes New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Rupert Murdoch of News Corp., and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Other big names from business and entertainment include Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway, Bill Gates of Microsoft, Larry Page of Google, Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Meg Whitman of Hewlett Packard, Diane von Furstenberg of von Furstenberg Studio, Bob Iger of Disney, Howard Stringer of Sony, Tim Cook of Apple, Ben Silbermann of Pinterest, Rebecca Cook of NBC Universal and Jeffrey Katzenberg of DreamWorks.

Politicians also are expected including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, former Sen. Sam Nunn, D-Ga. and Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Mich., chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Sports executives include the leaders of the four major sports pro leagues, Gary Bettman of the NHL, Roger Goodell of the NFL, Bud Selig of Major League Baseball and David Stern of the NBA. Also expected are Jeanie Buss of the Los Angeles Lakers, William DeWitt Jr. of the St. Louis Cardinals, John Henry of the Boston Red Sox, Phil Knight of Nike, Jerry Reinsdorf of the Chicago Bulls and White Sox, Jeffrey Wilpon of the New York Mets and Jed York of the San Francisco 49ers.

Media stars include Tom Brokaw of NBC News, Evan Osnos of The New Yorker, Charlie Rose of the Charlie Rose Show and Andrew Sorkin of the New York Times.

 

Dan Popkey came to Idaho in 1984 to work as a police reporter. Since 1987, he has covered politics and has reported on 25 sessions of the Legislature. Dan has a bachelor's in political science from Santa Clara University and a master's in journalism from Columbia University. He was a Congressional Fellow of the American Political Science Association and a Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan. A former page in the U.S. House of Representatives, he graduated Capitol Page High School in 1976. In 2007, he led the Statesman’s coverage of the Sen. Larry Craig sex scandal, which was one of three Pulitzer Prize finalists in breaking news. In 2003, he won the Ted M. Natt First Amendment award from the Pacific Northwest Newspaper Association for coverage of University Place, the University of Idaho’s troubled real estate development in Boise. Dan helped start the community reading project "Big Read." He has two children in college and lives on the Boise Bench with an old gray cat.

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